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Tirana: 3-Day Trip to Ohrid and Lake

1. Tirana: 3-Day Trip to Ohrid and Lake

Experience idyllic scenery, enjoy great food and immerse yourself in local culture on this journey through the towns and villages of Albania and North Macedonia. Day 1: Start your trip with convenient hotel pickup in Tirana, and board your luxury coach to start your journey. After a short drive, stretch your legs at your first stop in the city of Elbasan. Admire old Ottoman houses and Turkish baths, and walk the tiny streets in the shadow of its castle. Visit the lakeside city of Struga in your next step, and see its famous Cave Churches and monastery complex. Enjoy lunch on the water before traveling on to your hotel in Ohrid. Enjoy a free evening and explore the city's historic old town at your leisure. Day 2: Start your day in Ohrid with an inclusive breakfast, before joining a walking tour of city, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step inside the magnificent Church of Saint Sophia and witness a hand paper-making demonstration at the National Workshop. Continue your tour with a walk along the 4th-century walls of Samuel’s Fortress. Take in the Hellenistic-style Ancient Theater, and admire panoramic views of the lake and mountains from the cliff-top Church of Saint John at Kaneo. Feel free to take advantage of other activities which your dedicated tour director can arrange, including a boat tour or wine tasting. Enjoy some more free time for your final night in Ohrid. Day 3: Say goodbye to the lake with a delicious breakfast and a trip to the Bay of Bones Museum, a prehistoric settlement featuring fascinating bronze and stone age artifacts. Explore the medieval Monastery at Saint Naum, with its intricate frescoes and resident peacocks, before heading to the border at Pogradec. Enjoy a traditional Albanian lunch, before returning to Tirana and the end of your trip.

From Tirana: Pellumbas Cave and Erzeni canyon from Tirana

2. From Tirana: Pellumbas Cave and Erzeni canyon from Tirana

Explore the natural wonders and archaeological significance of the Cave of Pellumbas on a thrilling hike. The Pellumbas Cave, also known as the Black Cave, has a history dating back to the Paleolithic period. Catch spectacular views of the Black Cave and Erzeni Canyon. Travel from Tirana to Pellumbasi village on a minibus for 45 minutes. Once at Pellumbasi, start the hike towards your destination. Enjoy views of the forest, the Erzen River, and Dajti Mountain from the marked trail. The hike to the cave takes about 1 hour to complete. Upon arrival at the cave entrance, give your feet a break. When ready, step inside to start your cave exploration. The space is very large and looks like a mine. See the cave and its unique stalagmites and stalactites with the help of torchlight. The cave stands at 350 meters above sea level and forms a tunnel 70-80 meters long. It is said to be one of the earliest prehistoric settlements of the area. After exploring the cave, head down to the village and transfer back to Tirana.

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Fantastic day trip. We were only 2 so got a private tour. Blessed! They picked us up at the hotel, brought cold water. The driver treated us to a croissant. Got a lot of explanation. Top guide! Just a pity that the driver was a bit rushed. The guide told us this himself. But otherwise great experience!